I read in the Chronicle that the MatamataPiako District Council has applied to the Waikato Regional Council for resource consent to draw water from the Waiteariki Stream for municipal supply purposes.
This to supply water to Matamata township, population approximately 6500. As Matamata has been drawing water from this stream since before 1920 and the last consent application was in 1989 it would appear to be just a money-grabbing exercise.
As the cost to the ratepayer is already up to $130,000 before any hearing which is expected to cost in the vicinity of a further $20,000 is it any wonder our rates are high. As it would appear to be just a high priced formality, what a complete waste of money and a perfect example of bureaucracy gone mad. dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plantbased alternatives.’’ Without meat, a carbon tax is like a tobacco tax that exempts cigarettes.
The Ministry for the Environment has stated that 31 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions, by far the largest slice, come from enteric fermentations (sheep and cattle burping and farting). Add in land clearing, transportation, slaughter and refrigeration and meat is a greenhouse disaster. Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that switching from a meat-based diet to a vegan one is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid. A German study confirmed that a meat-eater’s diet is responsible for seven times more greenhouse gas emissions than a vegan’s diet. By implementing a ‘‘burp and fart tax’’ on meat, the government will give people an incentive to reduce their meat consumption, which will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will reduce coronary heart disease, diabetes, colorectal cancer and other diseases. This, in turn, will help reduce national health care costs.
Taxing meat is one of the most powerful things the government can do to combat climate change and make the world a healthier place.